Consultant Microbiologist

Job Description

The person chosen will be required to act as Consultant Microbiologist under the Health Service Executive and in particular;

Laboratory
(a) Day-to-day supervision of diagnostic methods, examination of specimens, authorization and interpretation of results and communication with relevant clinicians were appropriate.
(b) Supervision of quality assurance within the Department including participation in all relevant external quality assurance programmes.
(c) Provision of an on-call service in microbiology.
(d) Participation in maintaining clinical laboratory accreditation with INAB or an equivalent agency.
(e) Participation in business planning, including the introduction and assessment of new methods, evaluation and organisation of staff and equipment.
(f) Support departmental and hospital audits.

Clinical
(a) Liaison with hospital clinicians, other hospital staff and general practitioners concerning the diagnosis, management and prevention of infection for patients and other epidemiological concerns.
(b) Participation in ward rounds and clinical conferences.
(c) Advise on antibiotic and other relevant hospital policies.
(d) Provision of 24-hour access to specialist microbiology advice.

Infection Control
a) Participation in the provision of the infection prevention and control programme within the hospital.
b) Assist with the preparation of and advice on the implementation of infection prevention and control and antibiotic guidelines and policies for the hospital.
c) Participate in the hospital risk management programme.
d) Advise on and assist with the implementation of compliance with national infection control standards.
e) Liaise where appropriate with the Directors of Public Health and the Health Protection
Surveillance Centre in the investigation and prevention of communicable diseases in the community.
f) Participate with the development and implementation of an antibiotic stewardship programme in the hospital.
g) Participate in the Infection Prevention and Control surveillance and audit programmes.

Education
a) Participate in the education and training of laboratory staff in microbiology.
b) Education of undergraduate, postgraduate and other healthcare staff on topics related to both microbiology and infection prevention and control.
c) Participate in the hospital education programmes.
d) Participate in on-going CME programmes.

Administration
a) In collaboration with hospital administration, be responsible for the appointment of technical staff to the Microbiology, Public Health & Serology Laboratories and clinical staff to the Infection Prevention and Control team.
b) To participate in the development and operation of the Clinical Directorate structure and in such management or representative structures as are in place or being developed. The Consultant shall receive training and support to enable him/her to participate fully in such structures
c) Administrative duties on hospital committees where appropriate.

The above Job Description is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all duties involved and consequently, the post holder may be required to perform other duties as appropriate to the post which may be assigned to him/her from time to time and to contribute to the development of the post while in office